Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies

The Role of Law

Edited by Megan M. Carpenter

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies examines the role of law in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in communities whose economies are in transition. It contains a collection of works from different perspectives and tackles tough questions regarding policy and practice, including how support for entrepreneurship can be translated into policy. Additionally, this collection addresses more concrete questions of practical efficacy, including measures of how successful or unsuccessful legal efforts to incentivize entrepreneurship may be, through intellectual property law and otherwise, and what might define success to begin with.
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Chapter 9: The Role and Impact of Clinical Programs on Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

Patricia H. Lee


Patricia H. Lee* INTRODUCTION I. The interplay of entrepreneurship law clinical programs and economic growth first interested me when I directed the first entrepreneurship law clinical program designed to represent entrepreneurs with their private sector business transactions in 1998.1 The idea of dedicated law students advocating on behalf of emerging entrepreneurs in a law school clinical * ©2011 Professor Lee thanks Megan Carpenter, Professor of Texas Wesleyan Law School for convening the Evolving Economies conference and book project and all of the authors in this upcoming book; WVU College of Law Professors William Rhee, Gregory Bowman, Jena Martin-Amerson, Atiba Ellis, and Megan Annitto for their thoughtful comments about the scholarship; Brian Corcoran, who as a third-year WVU law student and member of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Law Program assisted with numerous hours of legal research and data collection; Dallas F. Kratzer III, a second-year WVU law student, who assisted with citations; Marcus Lee, from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism who provided helpful editorial and journalistic comments; Brandon Lee, a volunteer with the National Institute for Urban Entrepreneurship who spent many hours assisting with data entry and appendices; Professor Michael Risch for his vision in founding the program at WVU College of Law and Dean Joyce McConnell of WVU College of Law for her constant support of WVU law faculty, staff and students. 1 William Mellor & Patricia H. Lee, Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship: A Real World Model in Stimulating Private Enterprise in the Inner City, 5 J. Small & Emerging...

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